Aucunrisque is a surprise runner in the Betting.Bet Sussex Champion Hurdle Handicap Hurdle on a big Sunday at Plumpton.

Chris Gordon, who has enjoyed a fruitful winter, ran the six-year-old in the Grade One Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, where he was given an easy time of it by Tom Cannon when well held in fourth by Jonbon.

The horses around him at Aintree were rated well above him and the Dovecote winner looks a fair bet to gain his fourth win in five, particularly since the groundstaff at the East Sussex track always provide safe ground, so there are no concerns on that score.


Gordon goes on a fact-finding mission with Unanswered Prayers, who is having his first run in a handicap following success in a course and distance novice last time.

However, preference in the William Hill Extra Places Every Day Novices’ Handicap Hurdle is for Bourbali, who is on a hat-trick for Colin Tizzard after victories at Sandown and over course and distance.

Though 7lb higher, the five-year-old is on the upgrade and will take all the beating.

PRESS ASSOCIATION'S SELECTIONS: 2.15 Saligo Bay, 2.50 Uberman, 3.25 Bourbali, 4.00 Uallrightharry, 4.35 Aucunrisque, 5.10 Richidish, 5.45 Mr Yeats.